Remove stems, offcolor tobacco, and foreign materials from tobaccos.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pickers do?

Removes stems, offcolor tobacco, and foreign material, such as strings, dirt, and paper from tobacco as it moves along conveyor to ensure clean and uniform product. May drop pickings into bags attached to conveyor frame, according to whether pickings are dark tobacco, green tobacco, tobacco with stems, or foreign material. May be designated according to type of tobacco processed as Filler Picker; Scrap Sorter.

Should I be a Picker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Bull Bucker, Decker, Gopherman, Grab Hooker, Jackerman, Jammer Hooker, Lumber Hacker, Piece Cutter, Piece Maker See More

    How to become a Picker

    Pickers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Picker-related education!
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